2001 Plant Delights Nursery August Newsletter

I hope everyone now has received their fall catalog by now. Response to the larger color photos has been wonderful, which is really good because they were really expensive. The catalog is filled with many choice new items, so don’t be left out as plants begin to sell out. So far fall orders are far exceeding last year, which as Martha would say, is “A good thing”.

We have just completed construction of a new underground irrigation tank, which will take the place of the one that collapsed back in June. This has been a time consuming and obscenely expensive task, that has left facilities manager Larry Blakeman, claustrophobic, covered in mud, and probably thinking about finding an air-conditioned office job. In the same area, Gary Mazur and Joe Steele of Raleigh’s Envision’s Co. are just finishing the installation of the new patio pavers around the new Southwestern Garden. We can’t wait for you to see this area, filled with agaves and cacti…truly amazing!

We would like to welcome two new employees to the permanent Plant Delights staff. Sarah Gwynn has replaced Cindy Brooks in our office. Sarah has already made great headway in the task of pronouncing some of those long Latin names. Cindy has returned to the less stressful life of taking care of family and some part-time work. We would also like to welcome Brian Hicks, who joins us in our newly created position as Plant Pathologist. It will be Brian’s job to keep the plants healthy and free from insect and disease.

Our top selling plants for the season as of September 1, 2001

1 ‘Colocasia Black Magic’
2 Colocasia antiquorum ‘Illustris’
3 Salvia leucantha ‘Santa Barbara’ PPAF
4 Muhlenbergia capillaris
5 Lobelia ‘Cotton Candy’
6 Gaura ‘Pink Cloud’
7 Athyrium filix-femina ‘Frizelliae’
8 Veronica ‘Royal Candles’ PPAF
9 Tanacetum vulgare ‘Isla Gold’
10 Athyrium ‘Ghost’
11 Lilium formosanum
12 Lantana ‘Miss Huff’
13 Hosta plantaginea
14 Dicliptera suberecta
15 Vinca minor ‘Illumination’
16 Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’
17 Lamium maculatum ‘Anne Greenway’
18 Verbena ‘Snowflurry’
19 Salvia chamaedryoides
20 Physostegia virginiana ‘Miss Manners’ PPAF
21 Tradescantia ‘Sweet Kate’
22 Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ PPAF
23 Veronica prostrata ‘Buttercup’ PPAF
24 Alstroemeria ‘Freedom’ PP 9,393